Value Void's debut album, Sentimental, is a simple delight. With just drums, bass, guitar, and vocals, the Argentina/U.K. trio (guitarist/vocalist Paz Maddio and drummer Marta Zabala hail from South America; bassist Luke Tristram is from the U.K.) sticks to the rudiments of indie pop, both in sound and structure. There are bits of post-punk angularity in the mix, some '90s jangle pop and droning psych-pop too, along with lots of hooky tunes that benefit from not being all dressed up with effects and instruments. The direct approach lets each guitar line or bass run cut through the clean mix like daggers and the drums drive the songs with a sparse power. On top of the taut musical backing, Maddio's clear and bright, often double-tracked vocals and sweetly melancholy melodies give the songs the boost they need to get lodged directly in the part of the brain that needs crisp pop songs and sad guitar ballads. The stuttering "Teen for Him" definitely satisfies the first need; the moody dirge "The Deluge" takes care of the latter. The rest of the album could also be plugged into those categories with no drop-off in quality or results. It's an impressive debut from a band whose members seem to know exactly what they are doing; fans of similar bands through the ages (such as Dolly Mixture, the Breeders, and the Wedding Present) would surely like Value Void if they happened across a track from Sentimental in a playlist and decided to investigate further.
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra